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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Creative Vocal Lab

trio of teenage singers

Grades 8–12

Typical Day

Explore and expand your musical creativity in this one-of-a-kind voice workshop and become part of a completely original vocal ensemble. Through daily improvisation and technical work, you will become more familiar with your own vocal anatomy and experience the fundamentals of vocal production through the creation of spontaneous harmonies and expressive music. You will also be a member of a small a cappella ensemble, in which you will be challenged to produce all sorts of sounds and original compositions.

Creative Vocal Lab seeks to demystify the “magic” of a cappella singing, equipping you with the tools, tricks, and instincts that allow for on-the-spot vocal harmonies, thinking musically on your feet, and creating entire pieces of music using nothing but the voices, ears, and minds of you and your friends. Receive a DVD of the final concert.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Creative Vocal Lab can be combined with the Songwriting Workshop, Vocal Intensive, Young Artists, Youth Musical Theatre, Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), Young Architects, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Photographers, and/or Young Filmmakers to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session II: July 14–25
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,165 for the first registration
$1,048.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Evan Feist (lead instructor) has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music and vocal percussion for more than 11 years. He has worked closely with Pitch Perfect, NBC’s The Sing Off, and FOX’s Glee, among many others, and has served as vocal coach for The Voice on NBC. He earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from Purchase College. Evan is the general manager at Stacks of Wax, an audio production company.

Marc Silverberg (instructor) is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College. He is an adjunct professor at Five Towns College and the Director of Education for He is the author of “Quest for the A cappella Major,” a blog that discusses the continuing education of contemporary a cappella music and group improvisation. His Contemporary A cappella League Group, Satellite Lane, was recently crowned the 2013 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” and “Best Arrangement.”

Updated July 10, 2014

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